I ve never been one for hi-vis.It is not merely vanity, though I admit luminous yellow is just not my colour.It s that too many cyclists see it as a panacea, a fluorescent force-field that will protect them from the dangers of the road, whereas the truth is you can be done up head-to-toe as a highlighter pen and it ll not help you at all if you re always cowering in a driver s blind spot.I don t wear proper cycling gear to ride two miles to the Guardian s Manchester office each day.If it s raining, I ll don a waterproof jacket or, more honestly, take the car .But generally I m in my civvies and so am arguably the prime market for Volvo s new LifePaint, a water-based reflective safety spray , which promises to turn ordinary clothes into beacons when in direct glare of headlights.
Donald Trump's statements and appointments don't like chinese.Several Chinese state-owned media reported about the Friday trade war possibility with the United states.in the News including china's ministry of commerce stressed the Us-trade to benefit both countries.president of the united states to rise to Donald Trump's statement and China-critical personnel appointments to management positions are tightened between the two countries in recent weeks.the Last uproar attracted the nomination was an economics professor Peter Navarro's appointment to the high foreign trade to coordinate the task.Navarro has been critical of china's strong and growing role in the world economy.
What's less well-known is that as well as Facebook.com, the Californian tech company has a second, stripped-down website you can use to talk to your friends.And if that's all you want to do, it's a whole lot better than the original Facebook.First, let's look at Facebook's main website.The rest is just irrelevant annoyances.Luckily for you, Facebook has a little-known alternative...Fire up your web browser, and load Messenger.com.
Mujjo s stab at the poorly supported touchscreen glove space is the only pair of leather touchscreen gloves worth getting excited about or owning.The gloves are wind and waterproof Ethiopian lambskin, with a magnetic clasp that will make you happy every time you snap it.Of course, you don t really need the clasp because the gloves actually fit.No gross-looking fingertip dots here either.I immediately got my hands in older Mujjo s Single Layered Touchscreen Gloves back when they were first released, and while they were certainly the best I had used at the time, they weren t easy to snap, and they weren t leather.The Leather Touchscreen Gloves fix everything this product category has lacked up to this point, and are an easy recommendation for pretty much anyone.
It s also a pretty great mouse mat.The Razer Firefly is a joy to mouse on.The mat, like the rest of Razer s peripherals, can be controlled through Razer s Synapse software, so you can tell your new mouse pad to breath or react in unison with your mouse, keyboard, and headset.Even if you don t have any other Razer peripherals, the Firefly is still a great-looking and playing addition to your desk that won t look out of place next to gear from other brands.Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale.Click here to learn more, and don t forget to sign up for our email newsletter.
Autonomous car manufacturers might start to look at the United Kingdom as a viable alternative to Europe or the U.S., thanks to proposed new reforms on insurance legislation that now covering autonomous cars.Announced in the Queen s Speech to Parliament earlier today, the reforms allow autonomous cars to be tested and purchased in the U.K.See Also: General Motors flags down Lyft to start autonomous taxi trialWe don t think this means fully autonomous cars are purchasable, but autonomous features will be allowed inside U.K. cars.This means things like Tesla s Model S autonomous lane switching or Ford s self-parking should be available in the next few years.Volvo and Jaguar Land Rover are testing autonomous cars in the U.K. already, in project cities like London and Milton Keynes, and will now be able to test the cars across the country.We suspect other European-based automotive companies may look at the U.K., which is less restrictive than other European countries on autonomous cars.
Microsoft has announced an agreement to sell its feature-phone business to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Taiwan-based electronics giant Foxconn, and another entity called HMD Global, Oy for around $350 million.HMD Global was founded out of Finland in 2015, and initially it looked like it was a business vehicle of sorts set up to help facilitate the Microsoft transaction — Finland, if you remember, is home to Nokia, the former mobile phone giant that sold its core hardware assets to Microsoft two years back.Today marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the Nokia brand in an industry where Nokia remains a truly iconic name, said Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia Technologies.So while Nokia still harbors ambitions to be a big mobile brand, it will have to rely on others much more than it once did — you may remember the company launched an Android-powered tablet in China back in 2014, well, that was under a similar arrangement as to what it will be doing now moving forward.This is where HMD Global comes into play — it s a new private company seemingly founded under Nokia s volition to build a new wave of mobile devices, replete with the Nokia brand.The venture is actually being run by CEO Arto Nummela, formerly of Nokia and the head of Microsoft s Mobile Devices business in Greater Asia, Middle East, and Africa, as well as Microsoft s soon-to-be-sold feature phones business.Nummela will be aided by President Florian Seiche, who currently serves as senior vice president for Europe sales and marketing at Microsoft Mobile.We don t yet know what these devices will look like, but we do know that HMD plans to invest around $500 million over the next three years to support the marketing of Nokia-branded devices, which HMD says will be funded via its investors and profits from the acquired feature phone business.
Streaming video may be what Netflix is best known for, but now the company also offers a tool for checking the speed of your personal internet connection.You don t have to be a Netflix member to use the website, nor does it throw any ads at you.You literally just go to the website and wait for it to quickly report its findings.When you re experiencing streaming issues, fast.com allows you to check the download speeds you re getting from your Internet service provider, wrote David Fullagar, Netflix s vice president of content delivery architecture, in a blog post published today.While they re certainly useful, the company s motives in launching them are likely not 100 percent altruistic.Plus, the tool may inspire users to opt for faster internet, which would in turn improve their streaming experience — and thus their Netflix satisfaction.
The upcoming Android N release will allow Android to run natively within cars, letting Google put much deeper hooks into the cars it runs on, the company announced Wednesday at its I/O developer conference.It also means that carmakers can incorporate Android directly into instrument clusters.The concept, on a Maserati Ghibli, is also equipped with a 15-inch 4K display and a 720P digital cluster."As they move away from using proprietary systems for infotainment, a big win for them car manufacturers is going to be that the ecosystem that s part of Android will come with that so they don t have to think about, 'How do I go out and make developers write for this proprietary system?'"Of course, it will still be up to individual car companies to decide whether or not to adopt Android, and they will have a lot of flexibility in deciding exactly how they implement it into their vehicles.Even then, we won't be seeing Android N running natively on anything more than a concept anytime soon.
Image: cgc76Remember that Facebook built a wacky 360-degree camera to record immersive video?Well, now it s shot its first film, which allows you to explore New York s Grand Central Terminal.Mark Zuckerberg posted the video to Facebook overnight, calling it a preview of what a full-length virtual reality movie will feel like.Especially if you re a fan of train stations!You don t need a VR headset to watch the video, but it does work better on a phone than a PC, because you can wave your handset around like a loon to see what s happening around you.Facbook
It s been a while since we last heard from Alcatel and TCL but the brand are still in business and today have just announced news of a new all metal phone.To the best of our knowledge this is the first all metal phone from Alcatel in fact we don t remember an Alcatel/TCL with even a metal chassis .The new model will be called the Flash Plus 2 and will feature a 5.5-inch FHD OGS display, 3000mAh battery and fast charging technology.Mediatek provide a Helio P10 chipset, and the phone will come in either 2GB 16GB or 3GB 32GB memory options, with both models having support for up to 128GB SD cards.Like many other new smartphones the Alcatel Flash Plus 2 has a fingerprint scanner, this time in a physical button on the chin of the phone.There is also a 5 mega-pixel front camera and 13 mega-pixel rear with dual LED flash.Pricing is actually very good with the phone costing from $160 for the basic version rising to only $190 for the 3GB RAM model.Best of all the Alcatel Flash Plus 2 will officially go on sale in the Philippines, Malaysia, Monaco and Thailand to start with other markets coming soon.
Zopo Speed 7 owners can today upgrade their phones to Android 6.0 with an official update.Zopo phones don t generally fair to well in the updates department, but in recent months the phone maker has made a conscious effort to try and do more for their community.The latest gesture is realising Android 6.0 for their previous flagship the Zopo Speed 7.Save $40 now buy ZOPO Speed 7 Plus at zopomobileshop.comThe Speed 7 launched last year and came equipped with 3GB RAM Mediatek chipset, 13.2 megapixel camera, and 5.5-inch FHD display.Those of you who have the phone will have to manually update the system via a download from the official Zopo website.The Android 6 update will not be offered as an OTA.More details here.
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Both Nvidia and AMD graphics cards have been stuck on the 28nm manufacturing process for four long years, but the GTX 1080 s Pascal GPU jumps two process generations, all the way down to 16nm transistors.Some enthusiasts were disappointed that the GTX 1080 didn t feature the revolutionary high-bandwidth memory that debuted in AMD s Fury series, but first-gen HBM is limited to 4GB capacities, and the next iteration isn t expected until roughly the end of the year.You can also create 360 bubble screenshots viewable inside VR headsets or Google Cardboad.The GTX 1080 also supports HDR and copy-protected 4K streams, and offers a new GPU Boost 3.0 system that lets overclockers create per-voltage clock frequency increases that match their individual GPU s capabilities, rather than applying a blanket clock speed increase across the board.Founders EditionWhile the GTX 1080 s prices will start at $599, the only model guaranteed to be available on the May 27 launch date is Nvidia s $699 Founders Edition.Don t buy it yetYes, the GTX 1080 is the most badass graphics card ever created, and a massive leap over what came before—but don t buy it yet.
Microsoft is finally making it easier to reinstall Windows 7 from scratch with a new Service Pack SP that the company refuses to call a service pack.Windows 7 may not be available to most of us anymore, but there are many reasons to reinstall the operating system on existing Windows 7 PCs, and Microsoft never released a Service Pack after Windows 7 Service Pack 1's release in early 2011.Microsoft recently announced the availability of the Windows 7 SP1 convenience roll-up.In other words, if you don t know about the convenience roll-up you re still in for a world of tedious updates.Monthly rollups for everyoneAdding more roll-up fun for the future, Microsoft plans to create monthly roll-ups of non-security fixes for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 from now on.Microsoft plans to support other browsers with non-ActiveX functionality later this summer.
Here you can peer into the lives of some of Facebook s global community of 1.65 billion users.But don t expect too much – a random look through feeds late Wednesday showed a guy staring blankly at his smartphone camera, a shaky POV of a motorcycle journey, a person buttering toast, and a guy in a youth hostel eating noodles.Blue dots indicate the location of a stream, and hovering your mouse over it connects you to the feed.These point to where current viewers are located around the world, though maybe Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will look at them as an indicator of how well he s succeeding in his quest to connect everyone on the planet.Live Video s interactive map should certainly boost traffic for the service, as before the only way you d know if a user was broadcasting live was via a notification, meaning you had to already be following them.Facebook knows there s money to be made here – users reportedly watch live broadcasts for three times longer than recorded video, and post 10 times more comments.
It s Google I/O Keynote day!It s the day Google finally shows off just about everything they ve been working on in secret for the past few months.VR headsets, maybe!We covered some of the stuff we expect Google to announce in a post earlier… but we re still hoping for a few surprises, and we ll be on the scene, livebloggin every moment of interest and then some.The announcement is scheduled to start at 10 AM Pacific 1 PM Eastern and we ll be bringing the news and details back to you as fast as humanly possible starting just before then.Tune in early so you don t miss anything!
But American voters don t really care, according to a survey from news analytics firm Morning Consult.Forty-seven percent of survey respondents said they were very comfortable or somewhat comfortable with social media networks determining the news that people see on their sites.Fifty-five percent of Democrats and only 42 percent of Republicans were at least somewhat comfortable.If the bias allegations are true — Facebook says they aren t — the social giant s news editors would sometimes suppress articles from conservative outlets in the Trending Topics module, a sort of sidebar where people can see popular stories.Morning ConsultIn the same poll, Republicans were more likely than Democrats — 36 percent to 28 percent — to say the selection of news stories on social media should be determined purely by the level of reader interest.Of course, Facebook s automated process is still constructed and tweaked by humans who ultimately determine which parameters are prioritized.
But it ll be nice to have.Warner Bros. is releasing enhanced versions of the first two Batman Arkham games, Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.Return to Arkham debuts July 26 and includes all of the downloadable content created for the action games.This is easy money for Warner Bros., since it can release a new product without having to go through the expensive process of making a new game.While some gamers don t care for this practice, remasters do have a benefit — getting older games in front of players who may have never tried them before.And who doesn t want a chance to listen to Mark Hamill take a break from his main gig as Luke Skywalker to portray The Joker, a voice role he s performed and perfected for TV programs and games since Batman: The Animated Series debut in 1992.Arkham Asylum originally came out in 2009, with Arkham City following in 2011.Fans and critics loved both games which originally came out for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 for their faithfulness to the Batman franchise and satisfying, combo-based combat.Everything from Gears of War, Dishonored, Tomb Raider, and the Uncharted trilogy has made the jump.
Printer Ink Refill KitsIt s crazy to think how reliant we still are on printed documents in the digital age.We recently told readers how to save 90% or even more when buying replacement ink cartridges for your printer, and we received a tremendous amount of positive feedback after running that article.DON T MISS: This hidden iPhone trick just became my new favorite featureAimed at consumers and people with home offices, Brother s new MFC-J985DW and MFC-J985DW XL bring the price of entry to its INKvestment line down under $300 for the first time ever.The former costs just $199 and prints black pages for less than a penny per page, while the latter runs $299 and can print for up to two years before you have to purchase additional ink cartridges.Here are some key details about these two new models: Regardless of brand of ownership, SoHo customers haven t been shy with expressing their feelings about the price of ink and cartridge yields Brother marketing boss Phil Lubell said.The MFC-J985DW and MFC-J985DW XL are both available for purchase beginning immediately from leading retailers including Amazon, and we all know what to do with our old printers…Thanks to the sharing economy, living in five different cities in five years has never been more doable.